Letters to the editor for March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017
Werner must go
I reread County Manager Larry Werner's June 10, 2016, Letter to the Editor where Werner was responding to Ben Justus's comment that the County could have funded the Community Center with their 6/30/13 $91.7 million unrestricted reserves.
Werner's response was inarticulate, illogical and confusing. Fast forward to today. I hear the same kind of half-truth answers from Werner when he answers our current Board's questions on issues from how much money is available for union negotiations to why we are not repairing our minor roads, and I am struck by the consistency of his inarticulate, illogical, confusing, and conveniently ever-evolving answers. Larry Werner is a master of misinformation, which has made him the worst possible county manager for a board of commissioners who are supposed to be restoring transparency and getting rid of their bad habits of secretly going around the voters. For the sake of our new commission, Werner has to go, sooner than later.
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Foothill speed limit too fast
Do you ever wonder why the speed limit on Foothill Road is 55 mph while may other roads, such as Centerville and Waterloo, are 45 mph and Valley Road is 35 mph? I sure do, and so do many of my neighbors.
Monday started as a beautiful day where my 4-year-old son and I were watching the neighborhood herd of deer approach Foothill Road after enjoying their morning watering. My son was so excited to see his "pet deer," mind you he is raised in a family of hunters, then smack. My son yells and I go running out to see if everyone is OK. The deer was kicking, blood coming out of its nose and eyes. I sat with the deer. When she eventually got up she walked over to the herd that was waiting for her. She is doing good now with some road rash and a limp to remind us of this accident. Two days later, our herd buck was not so lucky, nor was the vehicle that hit him. In fact, the driver was lucky to have not rolled his SUV as he spun out, blowing both passenger tires. Obviously this driver was going far too fast.
Not only are deer crossing Foothill Road, but Scossa Ranch is located on a blind corner where I have personally helped move cattle across and down the road which they have been doing for several years, always fearing the loss of a cow, horse or life. There are many houses located on Foothill where people enjoy walking their dogs, riding their horses to trailheads and bikers enjoying the beauty that Foothill has to offer. Why do we have to suffer? Why do we have to worry about pulling out of our own driveways safely without being hit? Why do we have to worry about our animals getting out? Why do we have to worry about our children waiting for the school bus? Why?
Why can't this road have a lower speed limit? Why have so many complained and nothing has been done? How can NDOT justify 55 mph in what I would consider residential? The neighborhood of Foothill Road would like some answers and would like to see the speed limit lowered.
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Redevelopment bad for taxpayers
"Redevelopment" is a governmental procedure that allows a blighted area (one that is in financial distress) to retain some or all of the property tax it generates. The money is diverted from the general fund which is used to fund schools, emergency services and other essential governmental operations and earmarked to allow the area to redevelop itself.
Unfortunately, redevelopment has been abused in Douglas County, notably in the North Valley RDA. Now under the fiction that Lake Tahoe is a blighted area, there's a move afoot to create a Lake RDA to fund an event center that will mainly benefit Lake Tahoe casinos.
I can appreciate that Indian gaming in California has been eating Nevada casinos' lunch for years. But this is a business problem, one that requires a market-based solution, not a taxpayer-funded bailout.
Contact your county commissioners and tell them you're not interested in paying for an expensive prop that will benefit wealthy casino owners.
This is not an expression of an opinion but takes hard facts as reported by Douglas County in their Comprehensive Financial reports and juxtaposes them with county actions as reported in The Record-Courier. Conclusions and opinions I leave to the reader and suggest a few questions to ponder.
It was recently reported that the county commissioners were prioritizing a list of needs should there develop an "excess" in revenue in the next fiscal year. Are excess future revenues the only surplus funds? Will needs that exceed future excess revenue go unmet?
Each of the last three fiscal years the county reported end-of-year fund surpluses in excess of $70 million in investments. Reported unassigned funds exceeding $8 million to $9 million annually remaining in the general fund plus cash represents total end-of-year amounts of $84, $87 and $91 million respectively.
Other questions arise from past articles in The Record-Courier. Was the recent county increase in the gas tax necessary? Is there a need for a much touted sales tax increase? Is there really a pinch to find funds to repair county roads?
Don't touch McCarran's legacy
Democrats in our State Legislature and Congress want to rename McCarran International airport after Harry Reid. They also hope to replace the late Senator McCarran's statue in Congress with that of Reid's. Not only is Senator Reid undeserving of these honors, many Nevadans are against it. (Take a poll.)
Both were senators for lengthy times, but Reid constantly used his power to block legislation presented by a Republican majority. Reid was an embarrassment to Nevada. (Google name search exhibits numerous Reid embarrassing articles and videos), He often rambled and lied on the senate floor, "Mitt Romney doesn't pay taxes." When shown proof of Romney's tax payment, he replied: "We won." Additionally, Reid was despised and disrespected in other states as his erratic and obstructionist behavior made the national spotlight.
I know how politicians owe each other favors, and I hope that Governor Sandoval is not obligated to former Senator Reid. As a retired state prison worker of 24 years, I know many retirees, state workers, and non-Republicans who are against rewarding Harry Reid. I would also bet that many casino owners would not like to see Las Vegas airport re-named, or the late senator McCarran's statue replaced. Please leave McCarran's legacy and Nevada history alone.
Debra B. Cutshaw
America is a great country
The article titled "Trump sullying America's reputation" is way off the mark. President Trump's "inane tweets" have provided great insight into the president's thought process and have bypassed a prejudiced media that fails to report the truth. If the author's concern is that America's reputation is being ruined by Trump's policies on immigration, many countries are starting to adjust to similar policies for national security reasons. It is a fact that the U.S. has a current immigration system that encourages people with skills that are needed here in the United States to immigrate to our country but these individuals are not the only ones allowed to enter the U.S. We also have a generous refugee program that responds to the urgent need of people subject to persecution in their homelands. There are many countries other than Syria that have persecuted individuals that need our help. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees less than 1% of all refugees are resettled in third countries. The 1% are the high-risk individuals and the U.S. receives almost two-thirds of these refugees. The other refugees stay in the country in which they flee or return to their home country. We are a wealthy and generous nation and it is not just the government that provides support for people in need. Contributions pour into charities that provide food, shelter, education and clothing to millions throughout the world. I hope that the author can stop his tears and support some of these organizations that do amazing work for the underprivileged and be thankful that he lives in the United States of America.
Mary Lou Gervie
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